Rising rugby sevens star Selvyn Davids grateful for Blitzboks opportunity

By Alex Dudley

The player of the final from Sunday’s Vancouver Sevens tournament has been quick to acknowledge his teammate’s part in the effort.

Selvyn Davids played a vital role in ensuring his team won their Vancouver title, as well as their primary competition win in the current World Rugby Series format.

He took his chance with the team as he made crucial tries against Fiji and France, while his trusted left foot also saw him end the tournament as top scorer.

However, it was his quick thinking against Wales that saw him catch the attention of the viral world; as his silky football skills allowed him to keep the ball in play for a South African try. This has resulted in football teams from South Africa offering the 24-year-old the chance to train with them when he returns home.


Davids has been named the top player twice in 11 outings, and that is a massive achievement. But to him, it’s not the most critical factor.

Speaking to Sport 24, he said: “I did not expect to be named player of the final, but this award is as much the team’s as it is mine.”

“Without them, I would be nothing. We play for each other that is what the team stands for. Remember, when you put that jersey on, it is not about you anymore. It is about the team and those that the jersey represents.”

Davids is human after all and revealed pre-match jitters as the game got closer.

He said: “This was my first final, so it was very emotional, but I knew I had my teammates backing me and I had trust in them.”

Lucky for him and the Blitzboks that emotion soon disappeared, and he was able to be the star of the show.

Written by Alex Dudley

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